TOWSON, Md. - The William and Mary women's soccer team cruised past Towson, 5-0, Sunday afternoon from the Towson Soccer Complex. After building a 2-0 first-half lead, the College tallied three more scores in final 45 minutes en route to the victory. Overall, the Tribe improves to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in CAA play, while the Tigers fall to 1-10-1 on the year and 1-3 in league action.
"We played very well and were extremely creative this afternoon," stated head coach John Daly. "There was good opportunism from Cortlyn (Bristol) and Mallory (Schaffer) to give us the lead. We combined for some fine attacking play throughout. I was very pleased with the way we played."
Senior Cortlyn Bristol connected on the game-winner just eight minutes into the match. The Chantilly, Va., native slipped her fourth goal of the season past Towson's sophomore keeper Erin Quinn. The Tribe's second score of the afternoon culminated when senior Mallory Schaffer blasted in an assist from Bristol and junior Dani Rutter. It was Schaffer's team-high eighth goal of the season. The College dominated the opening 45-minutes, taking 10 shots with eight coming on frame. The Green and Gold's back line was stout, limiting Towson to just four shots with only one coming on goal.
Freshman Samantha Cordum scored her first collegiate goal in the 59th minute, as the Boise, Idaho, native put the College ahead, 3-0. Cordum tallied W&M's third score of the afternoon after dribbling a throw in from classmate Nicole Baxter through Towson's defense en route to registering the netter. In the 82nd minute, the Green and Gold stretched the advantage to 4-0 when junior Audrey Barry was on the receiving end of freshman Lauren Gough's assist. The goal was Barry's second of the season, while the helper marked Gough's first career points. Senior Jackie Blake-Hedges produced the final margin of 5-0 after punching home a free kick in the 88th minute. The goal was Blake-Hedges first career, while junior Kiersten Harpe was credited with her second assist of the season.
For the match, the College registered 25 shots with 17 coming on frame, while Towson tallied nine attempts, which included three on goal. Tribe freshman keeper Caroline Casey recorded her sixth shutout of the season thanks in part to the defensive efforts of junior Ali Heck, sophomore Emily Fredrikson, freshman Leci Irvin and Harpe. Sunday afternoon's win pushed the Tribe's all-time record against Towson to 9-0-2.
The Green and Gold returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 4, as it welcomes UNCW to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video and stats.